Councillor Tim Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Walsall Council. “Research shows half of all sight loss is avoidable, so we want to encourage the people of Walsall to book regular tests and make healthier lifestyle choices that support this.
“There is more to your eye test than just checking whether your vision needs correcting. A range of common eye conditions can be detected – and if found early enough these can be treated to potentially avoid any sight loss.”
Simple lifestyle changes can help keep your eyes and vision healthy:
• Eat right for good sight. Eye-friendly nutrients found in many fruit and vegetables and fatty acids derived from fish, nuts and oils can all help protect your sight.
• Quit smoking. Smokers have a significantly greater risk of sight loss than non-smokers.
• Watch your weight. Maintaining a healthy weight helps protect the eye.
• Get fit. Aerobic exercise can help increase oxygen supplies to the optic nerve and lower any pressure that builds up in the eye.
• Protecting your eyes from the sun. Exposure to UV light increases your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
• Be screen smart. Avoid eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule, especially if you’re using a computer for long periods of time. Look 20 feet in front of you every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.